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Semi-detached house, front fencing

Item details

Name of item: Semi-detached house, front fencing
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Semi-Detached House
Primary address: 137 Darling Point Road, Darling Point, NSW 2027
Local govt. area: Woollahra
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
137 Darling Point RoadDarling PointWoollahra  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An impressive set of paired duplexes in a group of five. The exterior of this building is in excellent condition and is a fine example of the quality of speculative homes produced at the turn of the century. Although one pair of the group has been heavily modified the group still retains the scale and original frontage to the street. They are a fine example of this type of semi-detached house situated in an area where many houses were detached within extensive grounds, and as such have high aesthetic significance. These townhouses introduced an urban quality to the area and have high aesthetic significance for their contribution to the streetscape. The buildings have social and historical significance as surviving residential buildings from the early years of the century.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: Unknown
Physical description: One of a group of 2 Storey rendered facade duplexes. Originally a set of 5 duplexes. Only three remain relatively intact. Central tower element to front elevation is topped with a pilastered pediment filled with pargetting. "U" shaped hip roof of slate tiles with terracotta ridge tiles and ridge crests and finials. Units are entered from the side of the front tower projection.Every second pair of duplexes has a pediment to front gable.Decorative plasterwork to gable. Balconies are decorated with cast iron lace on frieze. #139 is missing xast iron frieze to balcony. Pallisade grill to Ground Floor windows, verandahs and doors. Coloured glass to top sash of front windows. Lead toplights to most large windows.Corbelled and strapped chimney stacks in red facebrick.Flat arch cornice to windows. Scroll sills to large front windows. French doors to balcony at #137. Pallisade fencing on gates withBrick fence with decorative piers connected by cast iron twisted rope and bracket detail. Original cast iron lace to all units except 129-131. Cast iron downpipe and guard gutter on same. Brick capped posts and brick infill fence between houses. Side scrolls to chimneys on side walls. Victorian treselated tiles to front verandah and garden walkway. Style: Federation Filigree External Materials: Rendered brick, slate roof, cast iron filligree, face brick chimneys, terra-cotta ridge capping, finials, and detailing, timber doors and windows, victorian pattern tiling to front porch, cast iron palisade fencing and gates, coloured glass, Internal Materials: Unseen
Modifications and dates: This building appears to be largely intact externally. In 1980 council approved the reconversion of the building used for three flats, back to a single dwelling. Some alterations were made to the layout at this time. 1980 air conditioning, 1982 rear bathroom and rear wall windows, 1985 basement cellar.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Originally constructed for William Bakewell in 1902-3. It forms part of a group extending along Darling Point Road from 125 to 143. Five buildings form the original group of townhouses. Nos 129- 131 have been severly altered and no longer resemble the orginal design to the front. The Duplexes were probably constructed for speculative sale for Bakewell or for tenant lease. The individual names of the units were listed in the 1910 ratebook as 133 "Kelso", 135 - "Lyndhurst", 137 - "St Aubyn", 139 - "Drayton", 141 - "Glenageary", 143 - "Archina". By 1922 Nos 137-139 were owned in 1922 by Hamilton. In 1923 they were owned by Henlen. In 1927 ownership changed to Turnbull . Again in 1929 it again changed hands and was owned by Brathow. By 1931 it had change hands again and was owned by Sydney Municipal Council. The pair of semi-detached houses appear to have been owned together.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Emergence of building styles-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. A place to live-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities Cultural and social life-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Historically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Aesthetically representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Socially representative at a Local level.
SHR Criteria g)
Socially representative at a Local level. Aesthetically representative at a Local level. Historically representative at a Local level.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

As this building is in good condition and a fine example of the style of the other houses in this group, it is recommended that a Heritage Report be required prior to any work which may impact on the external form, composition or materials, or the group as a whole. There should be no new work which enlarges or fills in window and door openings and all cement detailing and cast iron lacework should be retained.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWoollahraLEP 199510 Mar 95 28 
Local Environmental PlanWoollahra LEP 201410623 May 15   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Woollahra Heritage Study 19951995171.0110Schwager BrooksSchwager Brooks No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2710044

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